Future beckons for promising Aboriginal students

Isaac Alexander is a young Aboriginal man who challenges himself daily to be the best he can be. He’s a high achiever who takes advantage of all the opportunities which come his way, including the chance to balance his Year 12 school work with a school based traineeship, which sees him working towards a Certificate II in Business two days a week. It means he has to work hard to achieve his goal of completing Year 12 and going on to university, but for Isaac, it’s a no-brainer. Isaac has a great attitude and is focused on developing his skills and knowledge so that many career opportunities are available to him. While he already recognises the importance of education, since Year 8 Issac has been supported in his aspirations through the Follow the Dream/Partnerships for Success program.

For young people like Issac, the Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation program offers an invaluable service for maximising the educational potential of promising students. In the past five years Isaac has taken part in a variety of camps and programs including a science and engineering camp at the University of Western Australia, an Indigenous youth science forum and a student leadership conference. He also recently attended an event to meet the Western Australian Governor His Excellency Malcolm McCusker.